Brian Baker of US gets to Wimbledon's 3rd round

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Associated Press

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Brian Baker's remarkable comeback keeps getting better: Now the American is into the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

After missing major tournaments for 6½ years because of a series of operations, including reconstructive elbow surgery, the 27-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., returned to Grand Slam action last month by earning a wild card into the French Open, where he won one match.

The 126th-ranked Baker followed that up by qualifying for Wimbledon, then winning two straight-set matches, including a 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 victory over 44th-ranked Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Thursday.

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